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Media Statement 04 September 2013 - Eastern Cape Doctors Demand Paymnent

Media Statement 04 September 2013 - Eastern Cape Doctors Demand Paymnent

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"The South African Medical Association’s (SAMA) Border Coastal Branch (BCB) would like to inform the good people of East London and surrounds about the iniquitous treatment of public service doctors in the Border region and to forewarn them of an impending healthcare implosion. We do so in the interest of the public, since they are the ones who suffer due to the lack of funds and resources in hospitals."
"The South African Medical Association’s (SAMA) Border Coastal Branch (BCB) would like to inform the good people of East London and surrounds about the iniquitous treatment of public service doctors in the Border region and to forewarn them of an impending healthcare implosion. We do so in the interest of the public, since they are the ones who suffer due to the lack of funds and resources in hospitals."

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Published by: Laura Lopez Gonzalez on Sep 10, 2013
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04 September 2013
 
Eastern Cape doctors demand payment
 The South African Medical Association’s (SAMA) Border Coastal Branch (BCB) would like to inform the goodpeople of East London and surrounds about the iniquitous treatment of public service doctors in the Border region and to forewarn them of an impending healthcare implosion. We do so in the interest of the public, sincethey are the ones who suffer due to the lack of funds and resources in hospitals. Doctors in the Eastern Cape are facing the following challenges: 1.Doctors at the East London Hospital Complex (and indeed most doctors in the Eastern Cape) are not beingpaid their correct salary for qualification and experience. This is contrary to legislation. As aconsequence, senior specialists are paid the same as newly appointed specialists, second year internsthe same as first year interns and specialists in training (registrars) are not promoted according to their year of study as clearly laid down by the National Department of Health salary scales. 2.For the past five years, the Department of Health has not provided any career path for doctors, despite thisbeing the purpose of introducing Occupational Specific Dispensation & Performance Management andDevelopment Systems (PMDS). Doctors have not received the 1% performance related notch increases
 
that characterises their career path for satisfactory or above average performance. Bonuses for doctorswith exemplary service performance have been refused. Doctors in other provinces are receiving their correct pay, but for the last five years this has not beenimplemented for doctors working in the Eastern Cape. The Department of Health has acknowledged thatmillions of rands are now collectively owed to doctors, yet no plan to repay the debt is forthcoming. Doctors leave the service and are not replaced, and this impacts on patients being attended to on time. Newappointments are not made as there is “no funding”. Moreover, due to the above reasons, it is extremely difficultto attract doctors to our hospitals. The critical shortage of doctors has led to the limitation of surgical services at Cecelia Makiwane Hospital andtheatre closures at Frere Hospital. Inevitably, patients suffer.SAMAhas previously resorted to the courts. In atest case in February 2013, a labour court decision recognised that the EC Department of Health was in breachof contract to a sessional doctor and ordered payment to him. To date he has not received a cent and the ECProvincial Health Department has not complied with the court order. Doctors are disillusioned and angry; morale is at an all time low. The doctors are pleading that they be paid their due and that the contracts they signed be honoured. Those in authority at the Department are flouting the lawand have no respect for the professionals who are the backbone of the health service. The bureaucrats in theDepartment cannot continue to disregard health professionals with impunity. The ability of doctors to deliver adequate healthcare is negatively impacted and despite their best efforts there will unfortunately be seriousconsequences for healthcare in this province. Issued by: Dr A. Klopper  

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